Weekly Message from the Chair, February 3, 2020

Message #6- 2/03/20

Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce Members,

Summary: In this message, I highlight upcoming events, offers from Members, procurement opportunities,  lending opportunities and info you can use to make better business decisions. Please share this weekly message with 10 people who will benefit!

First, thank you to the 101 Members and potential Members who scheduled calls with me in January. I was hoping you would respond and you did! Thank you! Wow!

Overall, Members said they wanted 4 things:

  • A sense of community
  • An inexpensive way to market their businesses
  • Connections to resources and Baltimore leadership
  • A few new customers

So, these are opportunities we will work to provide in 2020. Thanks again to everyone who took the time to share their thoughts. If you have feedback, an idea or want to get more involved, you can always schedule a call with me at https://whc.as.me/baltimorechamber.

Special recognition to Members, Nancy Poznak of BotaniCuisine, Dr. Rhonda Farrell of Global Innovation Strategies and Anne Hilb of Graymake Consulting. Your insight and opinions were timely and incredibly helpful in creating the strategy for 2020. I appreciate you!

Second, our next General Body Meeting is this Thursday, February 6th at Courtyard McHenry Row. Our Business After Dark networking event is Thursday, February 13th at Full Tilt Brewing. If you haven’t RSVP’d yet, please do so ASAP on our website, www.baltimorecitychamber.org.

Third, I am asking all Members to do business with other Chamber Members. If every Chamber Member makes purchases from another Member first, we’d have our own market. This simple change in how you make purchases will make us a stronger, more independent and more influential organization. All will benefit. In this message, I have listed special offers from Members. Please take advantage.

Fourth, each week, I plan to use this message to connect you with opportunities, invitations and information that you will hopefully find valuable. So, here you go:


Free Marketing Consultation

Kapowza is a local creative agency offering graphic design, website, and video marketing support for businesses of all sizes. They were founded in the Emerging Technology Centers incubator in Highlandtown and have worked with local groups such as Baltimore Development Corporation, Downtown Partnership, Urban Teachers, and Maryland School for the Blind. They specialize in startups, associations, non-profits, and the home industry, i.e. real estate professionals, services, commercial real estate, etc. Keep your eyes peeled during the Super Bowl for their latest commercial for Northop Realty, their 5th commercial developed for their real estate team. Kapowza offers a FREE marketing consultation for Baltimore City Chamber members. Reach out to Sean Sutherland at Sean@Kapowza.co to take advantage of this offer today.

Technology Professionals

Per Scholas is a national nonprofit that drives positive and proven social change in communities across the country. Through rigorous and tuition-free technology training and professional development, they prepare motivated and curious adults who are unemployed or underemployed for successful careers as technology professionals, and they create onramps to businesses in need of their talents. If you are looking for talented technology professionals, please contact Soneka Kamuhuza, Director, Site and Business Solutions, Baltimore at skamuhuza@perscholas.org

American Lung Association Fight for Air Climb

On Saturday, March 7 at 8am. hundreds will step up to the challenge at the American Lung Association Fight for Air Climb in support of friends and loved ones who suffer from lung diseases like asthma, COPD and lung cancer, and raise funds for clean air and lung disease research, education and advocacy. Participants will climb 27 flights of stairs – that’s 650 steps of the 100 E. Pratt Street building in Baltimore. Registration is $35 per participant. For more information or to register, visit www.baltimoreclimb.org. Are you ready to step up to the challenge? Register today! Questions? Contact Lisa A. Kenney, Development Manager, American Lung Association in Maryland & Washington, DC, at Lisa.Kenney@Lung.org

Vendor Opportunities

AFRAM 2020, one of Baltimore’s largest summer festivals, is now accepting vendors and offering early bird pricing! Click here for more information. 

Panelist Opportunities

Have you been successful doing business in Africa, Asia or Latin America? If so, consider being a panelist at the MoneyBaltimore 2020 Global Conference at Johns Hopkins Carey Business School on April 18th 2020. Contact Will Holmes for more information.

If you are an active Baltimore City Chamber Member and you have a special offer for our Members, schedule a call with Will Holmes at https://whc.as.me/baltimorechamber.


2/6/20 at 6pm- Baltimore City Chamber General Body Meeting! Every 1st Thursday, learn about what’s happening in the Chamber and in the business community. Plus, take advantage of a great opportunity to network with other Chamber members. We will have awards, informative panels and fun. Special thanks to Member, Courtyard McHenry Row for hosting us! After we talk business, we will go to the lobby Bar Bistro for drinks and food and more networking. You can register for this event on our website: www.baltimorecitychamber.org

2/11/20 at 12pm- Centers of Influence! Every 2nd Tuesday, Past Chairman, Richard Craft leads this Members Only resource and referral group. These sessions are designed to help you find high value clients and make more money. You can register for this event on our website: www.baltimorecitychamber.org

2/11/20 at 8am- Get Down to Business Event hosted by Whiting-Turner Contracting Company! This event occurs on Tuesday, February 11, 2020, from 8am to 10am at the War Memorial Building, Paul C. Wolman Assembly Hall, 101 N. Gay Street, First Floor, Baltimore, MD 21202. Right across from City Hall (to the east). Parking is available in any nearby garage or on the street. This event is exclusively for diverse subs and vendors. This event offers an opportunity for business owners to meet with the Whiting-Turner Contracting Company’s bid teams to find about projects that will be put out for bid in the next several months. For more information, contact Bernie LaHatte at 410-821-1100 or email Bernard.lahatte@Whiting-Turner.com.

2/13/20 at 6pm- Business After Dark Networking Event with the Baltimore City Chamber! Every 2nd Thursday, mingle with Chamber Members, business leaders and other professionals in the city. This month, we are meeting and networking at Full Tilt Brewing! You can register for this event on our website: www.baltimorecitychamber.org

2/26/20 at 9am- 4th Wednesday Breakfast and Resources with the Chamber! Every 4th Wednesday, enjoy free admission and connections to resources, answers to business challenges and networking with lenders, agencies and other members at Miss Shirley’s in Roland Park. Miss Shirley’s is a Member of the Chamber and hosts us every 4th Wednesday morning. Please come out to this well-attended event! You can register for this event on our website: www.baltimorecitychamber.org

2/27/20 at 5pm- Baltimore Business Lending is hosting their signature event, Coffee With Capital! This event will occur on February 27 from 5pm to 7pm at the Forest Park branch of the Enoch Pratt Library (3023 Garrison Blvd. Baltimore, MD 21216). Baltimore small business owners and those interested in starting a small businesses will meet and chat with resource partners and learn about funding options. This event is free! Click here to RSVP.

4/18/20 at 8am- MoneyBaltimore Global Business Conference! This year’s MoneyBaltimore conference will show attendees how to successfully do business in Baltimore, Africa, Asia and Latin America. Registration has not yet opened, but mark your calendars. This conference is free and in partnership with the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. Click here to learn more information.


Real Estate and Investor Tools- Thinking about buying property in the City of Baltimore? Before you buy, check out this great tool with info on zoning, planned projects and other important information. Click here to learn more.

MDOT Certification– Ever consider doing business with the State of Maryland? If you have plans to grow, the certification process could open up new opportunities for new revenue. Click here to learn more.

Baltimore Demographics- Ever wonder where to find info on demographics in Baltimore? Click here to see this summary by the Census Bureau.

Maryland Wealth- Interested in seeing stats on Maryland’s wealth and its tax revenue for each city and county? Click here to view the report from the Department of Legislative Services Office of Policy Analysis.

Connect with City Leadership- Want to attend a Board of Estimates meeting or Baltimore City Council meeting to hear from our elected officials? Check out the schedule at: http://www.baltimorecitycouncil.com/complete-calendar

U.S. Economy- Interested in how the U.S. economy is doing? Here is the most current information from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis: https://www.bea.gov/news/glance

Talk to you next week!


Will Holmes
Chairman of the Board of Directors, Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce
Schedule a call: https://whc.as.me/baltimorechamber
Web: http://www.baltimorecitychamber.org

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